Five Ways to Reduce Your Risk When Driving

Many factors contribute to the degree of risk when you drive. Some are obvious, such as bad weather and poor roads. However, there are five less obvious ways that you can do to reduce your risk on the road.

1- Keep your vehicle in top condition– Make sure your brakes are working properly, your tires are properly inflated and your windows are clean. . The better the condition of your vehicle and the position of your body and your mirrors within the car will give you more control when driving.

2-Anticipate the actions of others– Good drivers, drive defensively. They identify cues to behavior that help them predict how other drivers will act or react. Many drivers often act without thinking or communicating, so you must learn to search for clues.

3-Take steps to protect yourself and others– Wearing your seatbelt can save you and your passengers from death or serious injury. Turning on your low-beam headlights at all times, even during the day reduces risk by increasing the ability of others to see you. Make sure to do a safety check each time you get in your car which includes- seat adjustments. mirror adjustments. and puting on your seatbelt.

4-Drive only when you are in sound physical and mental condition– Check yourself to make sure you feel alert and clearheaded- if you’re overly tired, or thinking about an upcoming test or argument you’ve had it will distract you from giving full attention to your driving.

5-Make a conscious effort to develop your driving skills-Just because you have your license doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop learning. When driving always be thinking about your surroundings and paying attention to the road. The more you take driving seriously, the better driver you will become.

If you have concerns about your driving skills, please check out “Roadworthy- A parent’s guide to teaching teens to drive” This DVD is offered now for both parents with teens AND adults interested in learning and/or improving their driving abilities.

At DriveSafeRideSafe we are working to help create smarter drivers, safer roads and we appreciate your support in this effort.

6 Comments

  • Sam March 8, 2017

    This is really helpful and insightful. I will be sure to keep them in mind the next time I am on the road. Thanks for sharing!

  • Allison March 8, 2017

    Great tips! Safe driving is so important.

  • Jessi Joachim March 8, 2017

    I feel like in car distractions are a huge problem now. I used to work as a paralegal in a personal injury firm, and the amount of people who got in accidents because the other people were texting and driving is insane! I say put the phone down, it can wait.

    • Jayne Ubl March 8, 2017

      Thanks for your comment Jessi. We like to say, unless you’re waiting for a kidney the call is not that important!

  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace March 8, 2017

    These are such helpful tips! Thank you for the reminders. 🙂

  • Sondra Barker March 8, 2017

    These are some really great tips to help protect yourself and others while driving. Many people are so consumed by texting and driving as well as many other distractions, which I found very important to be aware of other drivers and your surroundings.

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